Good morning everyone!
I’m sure the abrupt change to life has affected us all in some way. It’s easy to dwell on all the things we can’t do and accepting this new – albeit temporary – way of life is not easy.
I know my life has been impacted quite significantly. The fact that I haven’t been able to see my beautiful nephew George is really difficult. He turns six months old in six days, but I haven’t seen him since he was three months old as my sister and brother-in-law live in Norwich. Although we get sent pictures and videos almost daily, it feels like I am missing out on seeing him change from a new born into a proper little boy. It’s heart-breaking.
Another thing that has been affected by Covid-19 is weddings. My cousin was supposed to get married at the beginning of April and I was supposed to be a bridesmaid for my friend’s wedding in June. However, both of these weddings have sadly been postponed. My brother was also supposed to get married to the lovely Laura in June. We were all ready for a very busy but exciting few months; mum was making the wedding cake, my Auntie Angela was going to decorate it, and we were all planning how to turn a barn in the Oxfordshire countryside into a beautiful wedding venue. However, Covid-19 made its grand entrance, all of these plans have come to a grinding halt, and my brother won’t be getting married this June.
When you look at how drastically our plans and expectations for the coming months have changed, it’s easy to get yourself down and only see the negatives. However, I have made a conscious effort to shift my perspective and I’ve found that there are so many things to be grateful for. I started my job working in communications for NHS Wakefield just as we went into lockdown. Like most people, we are all working from home and it’s hard when you’re not getting that face-to-face contact and support from your team when you’re in a new role. Nevertheless, it has been a very interesting learning experience. When I was doing my masters last year we were taught about crisis communications. I never thought I would be in the midst of a crisis so early on in my career, and I definitely didn’t think it would be a global pandemic. Although it’s been stressful and very busy at times, being at the epicentre of it all has been a unique experience and something I am very grateful for.
Another thing I am grateful for is the slower pace of life. I feel much more content and peaceful. This has definitely been helped by the beautiful and unseasonably settled weather we are having at the moment. It’s meant that almost everyday I’ve been getting out for walks with my parents, camera in hand, and I’ve been able to witness the seasons changing in front of my eyes for the first time. It’s so amazing to see new life appearing and I have loved capturing the beauty of nature on camera, which is something I normally have to put aside due to competing priorities.
These are just a few of the things that I have become really grateful for while I’ve been in lock down. I could go on and on about the many other things, but I won’t put you through that!
When I was thinking about what to write for this blog, a well-known verse from Matthew came to mind: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34). We are in the midst of a global pandemic and none of us can control what is going to happen, all we can do is take each day as it comes. Our plans have been derailed, we can’t see our loved ones, and it is a very scary and uncertain time. We don’t know when this will end and what impact it will have on our world, but we do know that our God is greater. He is in control and we can put our complete trust in Him. When we do this, our perspective shifts and being grateful becomes so much easier.
While life may not currently look like how we would like, it’s important to focus on all the things that you are grateful for, even something as small as being able to sit out in your garden with a cup of tea and appreciating the God-given beauty all around you.
Have a great day,